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Brewed by Traquair House
Style: Traditional Ale
Innerleithen, Borders, Scotland

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RATINGS: 1339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The famous Bear Gates guarding the approach to Traquair House, near Pebbles, have been closed since 1745 - when the last person to pass through them was Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Now, 250 years later, the ancient Traquair Brew House celebrates the Jacobite cause by producing this potent spiced ale to a traditional fine recipe. Sip slowly and remember the old toast to the "King O'er the Water."


DavefromChicago's rating

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2002
I’m not really a fan of strong, syrupy UK ales, barleywines and old ales. They seem to be pursuing a madeira, cream sherry or port sweetness and heaviness and its just not my thing. This one poured coffee brown, with a distinct coriander fruitiness - almost like a spicy fruit candy - and a heavy maltiness. No head at all; very low carbonation. Flavor is lush, sweet - coriander with a touch of molasses and vanilla...and some oakiness. Heavy with nutty malty, syrupy flavor. I did not notice any hops in this. It is mellower than the House Ale, which finishes with an inappropriate bitterness. It makes for an OK dessert style sipping drink. If thats what I want, though, I’d rather have a sherry...


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx76 (616) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle - pours dark brown with very thick tan head. Nose of malt, rum, and booze. Taste is of caramel, plums, rum, and malt. Would be nice to have sitting by the fireplace. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1318) - Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2014
From bottle. Deep dark brown color with quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is molasses, plum, and roasted chocolate malt, maybe some cherry also. Taste is similar to aroma, but a lit more subdued and with more molasses and some added roasted notes. Molasses finish, sweet but not too sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3138) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Years of seeing this and I finally buy a bottle in SLC. Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights and a thin tan head of tiny bubble that settles quickly. Bold aroma that reminds me of cinnamon cereal that has been toasted. Flavor has some molasses and spice. Good just make sure you let it warm a touch to get the full flavors.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (8111) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Red brown color, small beige head. Smell and taste malts, slightly iron, slightly a hint of caramel, lightly bitter. Quite hard to describe imo. Decent body and carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2847) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2014
bottle. Amber with one finger head. Caramel malt base with a bit of sweetness. Pleasant with a bit of booze, but I was hoping for something a bit more flavorful. I was a bit underwhelmed given the ratings.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Insertpunhere (28) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2014
This is one of the first truly interesting beers I had before the craft beer explosion. Fairly high in alcohol at 8%. Dark in color. Chocolate, caramel, and spices. It is brewed with coriander and it definitely comes through on the palate. Cool label, cool beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imaena (1817) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle. This is a delicious ale with lots of depth of flavor and great malt character.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1355) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle @benzai. Brown with a small head. Smells and tastes caramel, fruity, sweet, some alcohol, sterke drank.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DutchDrebus (3956) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Dark amber to copper colour with a small, creamy off-white head. Smells ’lokvoer’ (voor voorn), sweet, hint of vanilla. Tastes sweet, hint of iron/rust, malts, hint of liquoricewood. Thin body, soft carbo.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (203) - HUNGARY - JUL 26, 2014
Sötétvörös színe mellé könnyen asszociálható, cseresznye, málna, füge édes aromája, diófélék és dohány, valamint egyéb, nehezen kibogozható fűszernövények egyvelege párosul. Klasszikus illat ez, egy efféle elegáns megjelenésű, nagy hagyományokról árulkodó küllemű főzethez egyebet el sem lehetne képzelni. Könnyed és élénk karakter fogad minket ezután, melyhez azonban fajsúlyos ízek kapcsolódnak. Aszalt gyümölcsök, kékszőlő zamatai képezik a befőttszerű, illetve gazdag malátás, édeskés alapízt - mely összetevők a végízben is szinte teljes mértékben mentesek maradnak bármiféle kesernyés, komlós befolyástól -, ebbe kapaszkodik aztán a koriander rendkívül pezsdítő karaktere (a fűszerek közül jóformán az egyetlen, mely nyilvánvalóvá válik számomra). Ez a jellemvonás pazarul árnyalja a képet, általa sokkal könnyedebbé és frissebbé alakul át az ízek színezete. Ez esetben tehát egyáltalán nem tűnik erőltetettnek, vagy olcsónak, külön életet élőnek, vagy rendszeridegennek a fűszer jelenléte, fantasztikusan simul bele a környezetbe, az ízek folytatójának nagyszerű szerepét tölti be. Az alkohol ennél kissé harsányabban van jelen melengető hatásával, ami viszont részemről teljesen elfogadható jellegzetesség, ameddig az ennek ellentétéhez vezető út határvonalát nem lépi át és stílusos tud maradni. Ez esetben ez így is történt, lényegében az egyébként is karakteres ital pátoszát erősítve. Örömmel fogyasztanám máskor is.


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